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Vilém Flusser

„The technical images currently all around us are in the process of magically restructuring our 'reality' and turning it into a 'global image scenario'. Human beings forget they created the images in order to orient themselves in the world. Since they are no longer able to decode them, their lives become a function of their...

Susan Sontag

„Reality as such is redefined as a target for surveillance. The photographic exploration and duplication of the world fragments continuities and feeds the pieces into an interminable dossier, thereby providing possibilities of control that could not even be dreamed of under the earlier system of recording information: writing.“ source: „On Photography“, New York 1971...

Charles Baudelaire

„Our loathsome society rushed, like Narcissus, to contemplate its trivial image. A form of lunacy, an extraordinary fanaticism took hold of these new sun-worshippers.“ source: “Curiosites esthetiques”, „Salon de 1859“, 1868...

Sherrie Levine

“The world is filled to suffocating. Every image is leased and mortgaged. We know that a picture is but a space in which a variety of images, none of them original, blend and clash. A picture is a tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centers of culture.” source: „Style“, Vancouver 1982...

Susan Sontag

„Photographs are not so much an instrument of memory as an invention of it or a replacement.“ „What the photographic record confirms is simply that the subject exists; therefore, one can never have too many.“ source: “On Photography”...

John Berger

„The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. Yet no other god has been so cynical, for the camera records in order to forget.“ source: „Uses of Photography“, in: “About Looking”, London 2009...

Roland Barthes

„One day, some friends were talking about their childhood memories; they had any number; but I, who had just been looking at my old photographs, had none left.“ source: “Camera Lucida”, New York 1981...

John Berger

„The speed with which the possible uses of photography were seized upon is surely an indication of photography's profound, central applicability to industrial capitalism.“ „Within a mere 30 years of its invention as a gadget for an elite, photography was being used for police filing, war reporting, military reconnaissance, pornography, …...

Otto von Bismarck

“One is no longer safe anymore, they lie in wait for you everywhere with their cameras. You don’t know if you're being shot or photographed.”...

Vilém Flusser

“What one sees in technical images do not appear to be symbols that one has to decode but symptoms of the world. This apparent objective character of technical images leads whoever looks at them to see them not as images but as windows on reality. Observers believe them as they do their own eyes....